EKAC News Blog

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 EKAC Club Championships

A big thank you to everyone that came down and helped out today at the Club Champs! It was a great success, on and off the track and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of all the volunteers and parent helpers.

Results to follow!

Open Graded Meeting Wishaw Saturday 24.8.13

EKAC athletes were once again out in force at the Wishaw OGM last Saturday and two more Club Records were broken.  Owen Selfridge set a CR of 22.0 in the U11 boys 150m and Aidan Gilbride ran 1:27.4 to take the U17 mens 600m CR.  There were a also a good few PB's and club top twenty performances so all in another good day.  Results we have so far are: 

Fraser Hopkins M35 12.7, Andy Clydesdale M35 13.6, Ryan Clydesdale 14.4 U13, Georgia Hernon 16.7 U13, Ciara Boyle 18.2 U13
Owen Selfridge U11 12.0, Euan Sweeten 13.0
Fraser Hopkins 26.3, Andy Clydesdale 26.8, Ryan Clydesdale 29.8, Georgia Hernon 33.5
Owen Selfridge 22.0 *CR*, Euan Sweeten 24.0
Evan Selfridge 2.14.1 U11, Aidan Gilbride 1.27.4 U17M *CR*

Open Graded Meeting Crownpoint Tuesday 20.8.13

Congratulations to Aidan Gilbride on breaking two minutes for 800m for the first time at a very wet Crownpoint Stadium running a time of 1:58.9.  In the same race Jamie Clements ran well to get back under 2mins for the first time in a while after several frustrating injury niggles running 1:59.3.  Niall Walker, who also recently joined the sub 2 club, ran 2:07.4.  Jack Kirwan ran well to break 2:10 for the first time with a new PB of 2:08.3 Vincent Hastings completed the times with a new PB also of 2:12.0 both Vinnie and Jack will surely be joining the sub 2 club next summer!  Well to done all.

Scottish Age Group Championships Day 2 - Aberdeen

Under 16 Girls:

Nicole Sharp 100m 5thH 14.09, 200m 4th H 28.40 and 5th B Final 28.44. Ailisha Montgomery 100m 7thH 14.74, 300m 7thH 51.01. Katie Scott 100m 5thH 14.22. Chloe Mulligan 100m 8thH 14.57 and 200m 6thH 29.76. Georgina Massie 300mH 5thH 57.68 and Javeline 10th 15.78m.

Under 16 Boys:

Callum Field 100m 1stH 12.02 and 7th Final 11.96; 200m 2nd H 24.52 and 5th Final 24.34. Ross Malloch 800m 6th H 2:22.95. Martin Lynas 800m 7th H 2:23.78.

Under 20 Men:

Jack Kirwan 800m 10th H 2:13.40

Under 20 Women:

Results still to come

Scottish Age Group Championships Day 1 - Aberdeen

Under 14 Girls:

Jessica Hagan 200m 8th in heat 34.16. 800m 8th in heat 3:23.26, Sarah Connolly 800m 5th in heat 2:49.70, Lucy Muirhead 2nd in heat 2:37.97 and finished 4th in final 2:34.77.

Under 18 Women:

Shannon McMahon 100m 1st in heat 13.92 and finished 6th in final 13.90.

Under 14 Boys:

Ryan Clydesdale 100m 3rd in heat 15.22, 200m 4th in heat 31.74, Calum Hopkins 100m 7th in heat 16.06, 200m 5th in heat 32.86 & Long Jump 25th 3m61.

Under 18 Men:

Aidan Gilbride 4th in heat 2:07.85


Chloe Mason @ The International Children's Games - Canada

Lets have a big shout out and loads of good luck messages (on our FB page) to young Chloe Mason who heads of tomorrow evening to Windsor Essex in Canada for the International Childrens games.  Chloe will be representing the South Lanarkshire team.  Go to this link for more information: 


Good luck from all at EKAC :-)

Susan Partridge @ World Athletic Championships Marathon

Congratulations to ex EKAC member Susan Partridge who had a tremendous run in Moscow at the World Athletic Championships Marathon.

Susan who was 24th at the last World Champs in Daegu two years ago improved on that significantly with a 10th place finish in Moscow – a very fine effort in hot conditions in Russia.

Susan clocked 2.36.24 and it is worth noting that she was the second Commonwealth athlete home in a performance that augurs very well for Glasgow 2014.

‘It was about places and I think that helped me psychologically as I started off and I was way back in the field,’ she said.

‘For a minute I did wonder if I had been a little bit too cautious, but then I thought if I have then it means that I can come back quicker and pick people off faster.

‘I know from Barcelona two years ago, which was a really hot one, that it doesn't necessarily feel right
at the start and you think ‘’it's a bit hot but I feel OK’’. It doesn't hit you until later on in the race.

‘For me once I got my rhythm going and I started to come back and focus on the next one, then I just thought ‘right, next one, there's a group up there’. I didn't really think about times and I wasn't paying too much attention to the kilometre markings, it was just all about the next person to pick off. It was a proper race.’

British Milers Club Meeting, Scotstoun

 Fri 2nd August


Last Friday saw a number of athletes turn out for the British Milers Club meeting at a very sunny Scotstoun track.


First up running an 800m for the Under 17’s was Aidan Gilbride. Running his second fastest 800m time of 2:01.19, Aidan put in a promising run ahead of the Scottish Championship 800m U18 Championships next week

Next up for the 800m and representing the senior men was Niall Walker who deservedly managed to break the 2 minute barrier, a feat that saw him literally fall over the finish line. Niall’s hard work and dedication rewarded him with a
personal best time of 1:59.73.

With two great performances already from Aidan and Niall, Lucy Muirhead stepped on to the track to represent EKAC’s Under 13’s; and smashing the 2:30 barrier she was only 1.4 seconds off a new club age group record!

After Lucy's fine performance it was the job of three Under 11 boys to run their races. Finishing just 1.2 seconds off a new club age group record, Elliot Bain ran an impressive 2:45.32. Joseph Hagan was next over the line for EKAC at 2:56.52 then Euan Sweeten at 2:57.25 and Aaron Gilbride crossing the line in a time of 3:16.78.


Round up of Calderglen Trail Races

Fri 28th June.

A number of EKAC athletes sacrificed their Friday night to take part in the Calderglen Trail Race in June. With the club being represented over the 1K, 3K, 5K and 10K, it was easy to spot a yellow and black vest throughout the tough cross-country-like course.


First up were the Under 9’s who took to the starting line hoping to gain some experience from the 1K fun run. The youngsters who ran did themselves proud with the likes of Paul Cairns coming home in a top ten spot (9th), Abbie Kirwan finishing 14th, Christopher Cairns 16th and Cara Gilbride crossing the line in 21st.


Representing the Under 15’s in the 3K was Aidan Gilbride who took the limelight finishing the race in first place and in turn, setting a new course record of 11:42. The youngster was on top form beating out his closest opponent by a whopping 31 seconds. Matthew Kirwan and Aaron Gilbride also gave a good account of themselves in the 3K race, finishing 20th and 28th respectively.


The clubs largest turnout was for the Over 15’s 5K race. A total of seven EKAC athletes took part, resulting in a number of honours including 1st Junior Man, 1st Woman and 1st Senior Men's Team. Vincent Hastings was the first EKAC athlete over the line running an impressive 16:54, giving him an overall place of 4th in the race and making him the 1st Junior Man in the race. Second home for the club was senior runner Jamie Clements who ran a time of 16:56, just two seconds behind young Vincent. Continuing his return to form was David Gorman who was EKAC’s third male to finish the 5K, crossing the line at 17:11 and claiming 1st senior men’s team prize alongside Hastings and Clements.

Also representing the club in the 5K was Niall Walker who came in in 7th place at a time of 17:15, narrowly missing out on the team prize by four seconds. Youngster Jack Kirwan crossed the line in 10th in 17:39 putting a good case forward for selection for the senior winter teams, and David Thomson running a time of 19:00 exactly, putting him in 15th place.

EKAC also won the 1st lady prize through a great run by Kelly Ballie who crossed the line at 21:23.

Grant Baillie was EKAC’s sole representative in the 10K, crossing the line in a time of 36:42. Out of the 196 competitors taking on the tough course, the senior men’s runner came home in 5th place, an impressive feat considering the conditions.


National Relays 


The scottishathletics National Relay Championships and Masters Championships took place simultaneously on a busy day at Grangemouth last Sunday.

EKAC had an impressive 2 teams in the senior men's 3 x 800m and an U16 girls quartet in the 4 x 100m. The A team in the middle distance relay of Niall walker, John Fergusson and Jamie Clements had high hopes going in to the race off the back of a dominant victory at the Lanarkshire 3 x 800m championships last month. Jack Kirwan, Vincent Hastings, and Kieran Rankin made up a fresh faced B team eager to impress.

After a race long battle with Edinburgh AC, East Kilbride's A team just missed out on the win, finishing 5 seconds adrift in a club record time of 6.06.85 and claiming Scottish silver medals. This did however include a couple of baton changes more akin to the Chuckle Brothers rather than a team of athletes who have trained together for 10 years, so there is still room for improvement! The B team fought hard to finish 4th place in a time of 7.14.21 and just one position off the podium, resulting in an impressive day for the senior squad.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for the 4x100m team of Chloe Mason, Alisha Montgomery, Nicole Sharp, and Chloe Mulligan who placed 4th in their heat with an impressive time of 53.57s. Ultimately, this did prove enough to qualify for the final after another team was disqualified, however by the time the athletes were made aware of this they were already half way down the M80 on the journey home.

In the National Masters Championships, Keith Garrow had a very busy and successful day as he competed in, and won, all four throwing events on offer. The newly crowned 4 time Scottish champion was victorious in the Hammer, Javelin, Discus and Shot Putt in the M35 age group and then used his strength to carry all that gold home. Billy Muir also took home a handful of medals with the highlight being becoming the Scottish champion in the Hammer in the M50 age group. He also claimed silver in the Javelin, and bronze in the Discus and Shot Putt.


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The senior men's medal winners:



West Districts Round-up  


The sun shone as brightly as the EKAC t-shirts on show at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock as the West District Championships took place over the weekend, with the event spread over Friday evening and Saturday.

Chloe Mason and Nicole Sharp kicked off the weekend’s action in the U16G 200m with Chloe placing 3rd in her heat in 27.4s to progress to the final, while Nicole was 5th in the same race in a time of 28.3s. Unfortunately a bout of cramp put an end to Chloe’s medal hopes in the final, but she valiantly fought on to finish the race regardless. Shannon McMahon had no such issues and duly powered her way to the West District title in the U18W 200m final, clocking 26.3s to win in impressive fashion. Martin Barr was next up in the senior men 200m and placed 6th in the second heat in a time of 24.3s. The middle distance event taking place on Friday was the 1500m which saw Martin Lynas put in another impressive performance on the track to finish 8th in the U16B final in 4.59. John Fergusson was then 9th in the final of the senior men’s race clocking 4.15 to round up the evenings’ action before the sun set over Ayrshire.

After the 200m on Friday, the 100m races were scheduled for the Saturday which gave more recovery to those keen sprinters looking to double up. Chloe Mason and Nicole Sharp took advantage of this by going in the U16G 100m heats along with Sarah McCusker. Chloe ran 13.82 to claim 2nd in her heat while Nicole clocked 14.21 for 3rd in heat 1 and Sarah was 7th in 15.05. Chloe Mason then rounded off an eventful weekend by finishing 8th in the final in 14.26. Shannon McMahon was able to observe the view from a different spot on the podium as she won her heat and then picked up a silver medal in the U18W 100m final with a time of 13.09s to go along with her gold from the previous day. Rachael McCusker was next on the track and finished 8th in the final of the U16G 300m in 51.64.


The 800m heats saw Aidan Gilbride and Niall Walker comfortably qualify for the final of the U18 and senior men respectively, with Niall even running a personal best to win his heat. Aidan ran a smart tactical race in the final to put himself in contention for the medals, but just missed out in the home straight to finish 4th. He was however rewarded with a PB of 2.03.34 and still has another year in the age group unlike the athletes who finished ahead of him. The senior men’s final saw Niall run a typically well judged race and finish strongly for 6th place and a time of 2.01.18, meaning he got to take home another PB as well as some sunburn.

Three athletes also competed in the U16W long jump in the shape of Nicole Sharp and Sarah and Rachael McCusker. In a large field they placed 11th, 12th and 18th respectively with leaps of 4.23m, 4.20m, and 2.84m, showing they can compete in both track and field events.

 The quality of performances over the weekend are of a standard to be proud of, however more athletes  should be reaping the benefits of the hard work put in to training and turning out for competitions to test themselves against the best in the country!


 Aidan and Niall in their 800m finals.


EKAC land Podium Award

This week East Kilbride Athletic Club deservedly received the Podium Award, the highest level of accreditation awarded by scottishathletics. EKAC was only the 2nd in Scotland to receive such an honour.The presentation panel included scottishathletics chief executive Nigel Holl, local councillor Gerry Convery, and GB International athlete Derek Hawkins. Hawkins, who just weeks previously was the first British man home in the London marathon, presented the award to club president Gordon Colvin before hanging around to observe that nights session and offer advice to younsters looking to emulate his rise to the top.

Club president Gordon Colvin had this to say:

'The Podium Award demonstrates our commitment to provide a nurturing athletics environment within our community, to raise standards and to plan for growth. The award is the result of much hard work by our Committee members and a great job of coordination by our Club Together Officer Caitlyn Mackie. On behalf of all our athletes and other members I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone involved.'


Lanarkshire AAA Relay Championships 

With a bus load of 50+ strong, the EKAC contingent set its sight on Carluke for the Lanarkshire AAA Relay Championships. There were plenty of good performances in all age groups, with a lot of medals won.

One (of quite a few!) of the highlights of the night has to be the 4 senior teams that competed in the men’s 3x800m. Achieving the following:

A-team (Niall Walker, John Fergusson and Jamie Clements) 1st place (15 secs ahead of 2nd).
C-team (Aidan Gilbride, Vincent Hastings and Luke Kirwan) 1st Junior Team.
D-team (Gordon Selfridge, Graeme Haddow and David Condra) 1st Vet Team.
B-team (David Gorman, Grant Baillie and David Thomson) 4th place.

There will be a full match report to follow.

CSSAL - Grangemouth 


EKAC had a near full strength team at the recent CSSAL meeting.

Provisionally 2nd/3rd. Full results and match report to follow.

Derek makes European Final


Following on from his brilliant bronze medal at the British Championships, Derek Leitch jetted off to San Sebastian to take on the best in Europe in the European Veterans Athletics Indoor Championships.

A tough day one saw Derek battle through a gruelling heat and then go again in the semi final only 4 hours later. A fastest loser spot secured his place in the final. Coming back the next day, Derek attacked and put himself in contention for a medal before the exertions of the previous day took their toll and he finished 8th in the final. Still a trememdous achievement, especially considering he was the only British athlete from the 4 that made the trip to advance past the heats, never mind get a stage further and make the final!

And how would you reward yourself after such an effort? Go to Vegas for a week to chill? Sounds good to me...

Derek in a good position in the semi final.


Weekend round up


And what a weekend it was! 5k's, Half marathons, Scottish medals and a celebratory meal on a boat.

It all kicked off on the Bonnie Banks of the Clyde as a squad of senior athletles competed in the Clydebank 5k. Alessandro Tronconi looked dashing in his first outing in an EK vest and swiftly completed the course in a shade over 16 minutes, clocking 16.04. John Fergusson was the next EK runner home in 16.34 followed by Jamie Clements in 17.01, a full minute quicker than the previous year. With possibly potentially quite probably the performace of the day, Vinny Hastings smashed any 5k PB he may or may not have had with a 17.10 clocking. David Thomson also bagged a PB with 18.57 and Greame Haddow marked his return to racing with a time of 20.26. The competing athletes minus Greame are pictured below:

*all times are subject to confirmation and are only as accurate as Niall's trigger finger.


Sunday had even more in store for East Kilbride athletes as the younger runners took a trip to the capital for the Scottish Athletics Junior Road Race Champs. It was well worth the jaunt up the M8 as some cracking performaces were to be witnessed! Matthew Kirwan was first to fly the flag in the 2.8km U13 boys race coming home in 53rd place before Laurie May and Shona Burt completed the same distance in the U13 girls contest to be rewarded with 71st and 82nd place.

On to the under-15 boys and the highlight of the day came in the shape of Aidan Gilbride and the colour bronze! Aidan was well rewarded for a strong winter as he deservedly claimed 3rd in the race and a Scottish medal. He wasn't the only one to have a stormer however as Martin Lynas fought his way to a highly impressive 15th place finish over the 4.5km course. Any youngsters out there should do whatever they can for the opportunity to run as as part of a team with these fine athletes. The ever improving Jack Kirwan ran strongly in the U17 men's 5.6km race for 26th position, a good send off to the winter season and a great base to work on over the summer!

Racing over a similar distance to everyone else put together, Grant and Kelly Baillie competed in the Alloa half marathon, also on Sunday. Kelly, who is taking on the London marathon next month, showed the training is going to plan with a PB over half that distance of 1:30.41, a solid marker and confidence booster ahead of the big one at the end of Arpil. Grant, on his first outing in a half marathon, produced a very credible time on his debut of 1:16.34.

A big well done to everyone who ran over the weekend!!! Below are the medalists in the U15 boys Road Race, including EK's very own on the left!




Derek and Aidan go South


Another athlete in sciltillating form this Indoor season has been Derek Leitch who has relished in the M60 age group. Competing at the Scottish Masters' Championships on 10th February Derek dominated the 800m to claim gold in 2:27.11 before going in the 1500m later that day and securing another Scottish medal, a bronze this time in 5:08.13.

On the back of such a convincing performance at Scottish level, Derek travels to London this weekend to compete in the British Masters Athletic Federation Indoor Championships at the ultra modern and sleek Lee Valley Athletics Centre. Next date in the diary is then a trip to sunny San Sebastian on the Spanish coast where he will run in the 800m at the European Veterans Athletics Indoor Championships which take place from 19th -24th March. All the best to Derek while representing the club on the International stage!

The club will also have an eye on Birmingham this weekend as under-15 athlete Aidan Gilbride represents the West of Scotland in the McCain UK Cross Challenge Final and Inter Counties Championships. Having had to meet a tough selection criteria to get invlolved in such an event, he will gain invaluable experience from this opportunity to test himself against the best in Britain.

Its great to see the club doing well at both ends of the age spectrum!!!



Sprinters on form at Indoor Championships


The Emirates Arena has become something of a second home to the sprint squad in recent weeks and its paid divedends with some blistering times. Shannon McMahon reached the semi finals of the under-18 womens 60m at the Scottish Age Group Indoor Championships at the weekend with a time of 8.31s, just a fraction outside her best of 8.28s set in November last year. She also competed in the 200m clocking 26.99s.

Callum Field has come in to form just at the right time at the end of this indoor season with some remarkable improvements in the past few weeks. Also competing in the Scottish Indoors over the weekend, he made it all the way to the final of the under-16 boys 200m and narrowly missed out on a medal in finishing 4th. He confidently won his heat clocking 24.56s then notched up a new PB of 24.45s in the semi final, thus securing him second spot in the race and qualification for the final. A 24.49s clocking in the final en route to 4th capped an impressive and consistent set of times and highlighted his stregth as well as raw speed.

It was a busy weekend for the young athlete which also included a 7th place finish in the long jump with a leap of 4.96m. This all came at the end of a week in which he logged new PB's in the 60m (7.74s) and 100m (12.15s) at an open graded meeting at Ravenscraig. Huge congratulations to Callum! Keep up the good work and carry the food form in to the summer!! 

At the same Championships, Aidan Gilbride tried his hand at 400m and knocked 2 seconds off his existing PB completing the two laps in 54s, an impressive display of leg speed from the middle distance specialist in the midst of the cross country season!


Scottish Cross Country Championships


A strong squad of athletes from East Kilbride Athletic Club benefited from months of training over the winter to compete with the best in the country as the 2012/13 season reached its climax at the Scottish Cross Country Championships on 23rd February. The idyllic setting of Callendar Park in Falkirk once again played host to thousands of athletes all vying for National honours and among them, East Kilbride’s finest athletes were hoping to make their mark on the big stage.

            An atmosphere of anticipation hung in the air as the first blast from the starting pistol signalled the start of the day’s opening race which saw the under 13 boys cover 3.2km. Flying the flag for East Kilbride was Matthew Kirwan who, in his first appearance at the ‘Nationals’, secured a position in the top hundred with a 96th place finish and Jamie McKillop who backed him up in 129th in a large and competitive field. Next to toe the line were the U13 girls who were headed by Rebecca Russell in an impressive 75th position while Laurie May finished 119th.

The U15 boys were underway soon after and charging up the tough initial hill which marked the start of their 4km course. An exciting race was in progress from an East Kilbride perspective as Martin Lynas came surging through the field to secure a fantastic 29th position in his first year in the age group and Ross Malloch claimed 101st. Special mention must also go to Aidan Gilbride who was running a storming race just off the lead group before injury cruelly forced him to withdraw. The day was not a total disappointment however as he was later chosen to represent the West of Scotland at the UK Cross Challenge Final and British Inter Counties Championship held in Birmingham on 9th March, a tremendous accolade and just reward for the hard work and strong race performances throughout the winter season. The under 15 girls saw Mhairi Boyle represent East Kilbride and do her club and town proud with a 70th place finish amongst Scotland’s elite.

            After supporting younger brother Matthew earlier in the day, Jack Kirwan competed in the U17 men’s race over 6.4km of tough, undulating terrain. He fought his way to a well-earned 51st position, made all the more impressive with the fact he missed a large part of the season due to injury, and looks a promising prospect moving in to the senior ranks.

            Kelly Baillie will represent East Kilbride Athletic Club in this year’s London marathon, so what better way to prepare than to compete against the finest athletes in the country in the National Cross Country Championships? The senior women raced over 8km and the strength gained from a block of marathon training was evident as Kelly finished a highly respectable 76th position.

            On to the final and biggest race of the day as the senior men battled over 12km and 3 laps of the challenging Callendar Park loop. After a hectic start which saw over 500 entrants rush up the opening hill, Grant Baillie settled in to a rhythm and produced yet another great performance to claim another top 40 placing in Scotland’s premier race coming home in 39th position. Next East Kilbride runner was John Fergusson in 80th place at his first attempt on the senior stage followed by Niall Walker who posted a vast improvement on his result the previous year with 109th. Jamie Clements fought hard after a strong start to end up 119th and also achieved his best ever finish in this event. David Gorman marked his return to racing with 232nd and David Thomson continued his improvement finishing in 305th. With 6 to score in the team competition it was vital that all 6 athletes performed to their potential. The reward was a highly impressive 13th place finish in the team competition, a substantial improvement on the 27th position from the previous year and a massive step in the right direction. This result places East Kilbride Athletic Club above well-established and former medal winning clubs such as Inverclyde AC and Victoria Park City of Glasgow AC and means the town once again has a club competing with the best in the country. This achievement is made all the more remarkable considering 5 of the 6 athletes contributing to the senior team have been at the club since the age of 11 and have progressed through the age groups before representing the club at senior level.

If anyone is interested in joining EKAC or would like more information please contact ekac@hotmail.co.uk.


Lets Talk Numbers...


Following on from the last update on the bag packing front, the Treasurer also notes that it was a VERY

 successful day. A total of £819.44 was raised so a MASSIVE thanks once again to all those who

 took part and contributed towards this total.

It doesn't stop there though, we also pulled in:

3 American quarters and 1 cent

12 Euro cents

1 Canadian cent

1 trolley token


EKAC truly is a multi-national club!!!


Scottish Schools Indoors


There was plenty to cheer about for EK athletes at the Scottish Schools Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena. Having made the decision to run despite being loaded with the cold, Aidan won his heat before finishing 3rd in the final to claim bronze, although based on his last performance at the Emirates it could have been even more if he was 100% fit. The sprinters would not be outdone however as Shannon McMahon produced a bronze medal winning performance in the 200m. It was almost bronze all round but Callum Field just missed out on a podium place finishing 4th in the 200m. Well done to all!


Club Cross Country Champs


Well done to all those who competed at a soaking showpark on Sunday! Full results are on Fixtures/Results page. Congratulations to our newly crowned club champions listed below...


U11 Boys: Calum Hopkins                          U11 Girls: Lucy Muirhead

U13 Boys: Matthew Kirwan                       U13 Girls: Rebecca Russell

U15 Boys: Aidan Gilbride                           U15 Girls: Megan Barrie

U17 Men: Vincent Hastings   

Senior Men: Grant Baillie                           Senior Women: Beth Cochrane




Bag Packing Success


A big Thanks to those who helped out today at the fund raising bag pack at Sainsbury's!

A whopping (so much that Greame has yet to finish counting it!!) was raised and everyone listed below has done their club proud. 


Coaches, Committee, Parents, CTO:
Well done to all!

National Indoor Open


A whole host of East Kilbride athletes kicked off 2013 with a trip to the Emirates Arena for the popular McCain National Open on Saturday. With it not being a championship event it is run in an open graded format and many athletes benfited from being in competitive fields and were rewarded with some quick times.

Shannon McMahon and Chloe Mason were paired in the same 60m heat and clocked 8.40 and 8.59 while Calum Hopkins covered the distance in 9.37. Shannon then went in the 200m running 27.51 and Calum Hopkins also doubled up running 30.54 for the longer distance. Sarah McCusker just dipped under the 30s mark with 29.98 and Alisha Montgomery ran 30.74 before Nicole sharp ran a swift 29.22 and Rachel McCusker clocked 31.01. Rachel Thomson competed in the 400m running 67.05 and Aidan Gilbride blitzed the 800m in a new PB of 2.05.37.

While all this excitment was taking place the field events were also underway. Rachel McCusker leapt 1.20m in the high jump and Nicole Sharp and Sarah McCusker went in the long jump propelling themselves 4.12m and 3.96m in to the sand. Calum Hopkins capped a busy day by also competing in the long jump and was rewarded with a distance of 3.62m

Athletes have given rave reviews of the new facility in Glasgow's east end, purpose built for the Commonwealth Games, and many have been able to benefit from it and enjoy competing in such an arena. Full results from this event can be viewed on the Fixtures/Results page.



Inter District Cross Country Championships

Aidian Gilbride put in a storming performance to start the year with a 12th place finish in the under 15 boys race at Holyrood Park on 5th January. Representing the West of Scotland, he was the 3rd counter and took home a silver medal as the West team finished 2nd behind the East of Scotland. Full results can be found on the Fixtures/Results page. The EK Tartan Army were through in support and were, once again, a main feature of the televised races live on BBC later in the day.

Elsewhere, John Fergusson grabbed a bronze at the Scottish Universities & College Athletics Championships the following Saturday. Held at the new Emirates Arena, he ran the 3000m in a PB of 9:11.98.


West District Cross Country Championships

A proper old fashioned cross country course awaited those who made their way to Greenock for the second biggest cross country of the year.

Jessica Hagan represented the club in the under 13 girls race coming home in 58th place. Aidan Gilbride and Martin Lynas competed strongly at the front of the field in the under 15 boys race over a nice and muddy 4k, finishing 6th and 15th. Aidan guaranteed his place in the West team for the Inter Districts Cross Country in January - he will have plenty of support that day! - while Martin just missed out on the elusive top 12 but still has another year in this age group.

The men had 10km of fun seperating them and the finish line and John Fergusson made it back in 22nd place in a race won by the two time Scottish Cross Country Champion. Niall Walker put in a strong performance to finish 36th as did David Thomson in 113th.

Although there were some good performances, the overall turnout was not good enough for such a big event. After a promising start to the cross country season, everyone should make the effort to attend races and put all that hard work in training to good use! WE NEED TO GET EVERYONE COMPETING AT THE NATIONALS IN FEBRUARY!!!



 Club Ceilidh and Annual Awards

Big shout to everyone who attended the EKAC ceilidh and awards night last weekend, it looked as though everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves! On the night the two biggest club accolades of the year were awarded as the Athlete of the Year Trophy and the Scott Walsh Endeavour Award were presented.

Athlete of the Year for 2012 went to Aiden Gilbride, the under 15 startlet who, after a storming track season, backed up his credentials by winning the Lanarkshire Cross Country title earlier that day. For the first time there were joint winners of the Scott Walsh Endeavour Award as Niall Walker and Martin Lynas proved inseperable in the votes. Both are fully deserving of such an award having shown great commitment to training in the last 12 months, or in Niall's case for the best part of a decade!

As if the Canadian Barn Dance wasn't enough of a workout, many athletes had successfully competed at the Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships earlier that day. Special mention must go to the senior mens team of Grant Baillie, Jamie Clements and Niall Walker who brought home Team Gold medals! A successful start to the winter and exciting times lie ahead!

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